Bespoke Biking is a not for profit, social enterprise. We are a team of people who love cycling
and enjoy cycling around the area. We are dedicated to helping people realise how easy and fun
cycling is, especially riding in a group. We have taught adults who have never ridden; we also have
a great team of mechanics ready to fix, service or repair your bike.
We also take donated bikes, refurbish them and find them new homes.
Director Bespoke Biking CIC
Heather started Bespoke Biking back in 2012 as she saw an opportunity to help everyone cycle more. She began doing lessons and led rides but quickly realised people wanted to have advice and help on maintaining their bikes. She also realised that cyclists love to be sociable and that a cafe environment was a perfect place to meet up, go on rides, and
get your bike fixed at the same time. So began the dream of a Bike Hub for Winchester. Several years on and we have the main Bike Hub and Café in town opposite Primark, and the wonderful Handlebar Cafe at St Catherine's Hill. She still loves teaching kids and adults to ride and even gets out riding sometimes. Her favourite rides are out and about around Easton.
Alastair has volunteered for us every Wednesday. During Covid he completed his Velotech Platinum Level instructor training. He now makes sure our Wednesday CoGS sessions run well. And that we have refurbished bikes ready for the good causes we support or for sale outside the shop.
Mark first wanted to help on our team back in 2014 when we were based in a tiny room in Tourist Information. He waited and once we were in The Brooks, he began volunteering on a Friday. He too has gone through Velotech training and is now on the team covering time off on a Friday. Mark loves off-roading. He does have some stories of falling off that im sure he will share if asked.
Joe Joined the team in April '21. His main job (as well mechanic) is to co-ordinate all our bikes for hire. We now can offer drop off of hire bikes over a wide area, meaning hirers can cover more miles. see our hire page for more info.
Joe rides a fixie, loves his mountain bike and enjoys nothing more than heading off for the hills with his bike in his camper van and hitting those trails.
Hannah first joined the team to work at The Handlebar Café, we quickly spotted how great she was at practical assembling and helping cyclists. She moved across to work in The Bike Hub, she qualified on our Velotech training scheme that we were able to run during Covid. She works on the team every Saturday.
Paul joined the team as a volunteer on our Wednesday Cogs Sessions. He has been an engineer all his working life, after taking redundancy he worked at Basingstoke Cycles. He runs, cycles and supports LOADS of charity initiatives. You'll find him in our workshop Tuesday - Wednesday. But during May - June he will be supporting mass charity rides Lands End to John O'Groats.
Ollie joined the team in time to open the new Hub café in town opposite Primark. Now we can offer the successful Handlebar Café menu in the centre of town. Ollie has spent much time acting and touring but is now Winchester based. He has great experience in hospitality and his wife is an avid cyclist!
Heroes and Heroines
We have a fantastic team of volunteers ranging from young people to retired. Volunteers work with us to help refurbish our donated bikes and they learn skills along the way. Some do work experience, some do a couple of hours per week, some fortnightly, We are developing a bike mechanic academy to offer training and courses. Watch this space.